Xu Bin to get married on November 3

The actor will be holding three wedding banquets across Singapore and China

Xu Bin to get married on November 3
Xu Bin to get married on November 3
10 Oct 2017

Xu Bin to get married on November 3

Followers of Xu Bin’s Instagram account got a shock last night when the China-born, Singapore-based actor shared a video post announcing his engagement.

“I’m getting married!” wrote the 28-year-old, adding that he will answer all questions and provide more details at the NoonTalk Media press conference today (October 10). He also shared a link directing users to a clip of his wedding shoot at Club Med Finolhu, Maldives with his wife-to-be, a lady named Wang Yifei, who is a year younger than Xu Bin.

Xu Bin and Yifei, 27, have submitted their marriage application online, as a search that Toggle conducted on the Registry of Marriages showed that they filed their notice on August 4 this year.

Their first wedding banquet will be held in Singapore, on November 3.

When we texted his boss-slash-mentor Dasmond Koh for more details, all he would share was, “Tmr press conference we will answer all (sic)”.

At the time of writing, the only fellow NoonTalk Media artiste who expressed his well wishes on social media was Timothee Yap, who shared a wefie with Xu Bin and captioned, “A perfect marriage consists of two imperfect people who refuse to give up on each other”, along with his congratulations.

(Continued on next page: Xu Bin reveals more details about his bride-to-be)

Xu Bin to get married on November 3
Xu Bin to get married on November 3
10 Oct 2017

Xu Bin to get married on November 3

At the press conference held in Orchard Hotel today (Oct 10), Dasmond first introduced the artistes under NoonTalk, including familiar faces such as Aloysius Pang and Zong Zijie, along with their new artistes Lin Xi and Xie Le.

The last person to enter the room was Xu Bin, who was not accompanied by Yifei, who Dasmond explained was unable to make it to the press conference.

"I saw some of the polls that some of our media friends posted, and a lot of naysayers were doubting the legitimacy of our news," Xu Bin shared. Dasmond added, "The reason why we wanted to hold a press conference today is because we wanted to address everyone's questions once and for all, instead of having to answer them one by one."

He confirmed that there are sponsors involved in the wedding, but that wedding bells will indeed ring for Xu Bin.

"I didn't get to sleep last night because I felt too stressed and I felt like I had to have my phone away from me," the actor chuckled. "I felt like I had to prepare myself in case there were questions so that I would be able to answer all your questions especially since this is about my wedding, which is once-in-a-lifetime."

In our Toggle Talk interview with Xu Bin last year, he claimed that he has never been in a relationship since joining showbiz, and that he aims to settle down by the age of 35. He also expressed his desire to “separate work and personal matters” by marrying a non-celebrity.

Xu Bin to get married on November 3
Xu Bin to get married on November 3
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Xu Bin to get married on November 3

Dasmond shared, "Aloysius and Xu Bin have been with me from the start. It feels like my own child is getting married. I didn't think much of it until they went to take the pre-wedding photos and put this music video together."

Xu Bin also rubbished claims that Yifei is pregnant, sharing that there is "nothing unexpected that is happening that is rushing us to get married". He continued that he has been preparing for his wedding for four to five months and refuted speculations that it will be a shotgun marriage.

"Love happens unexpectedly. Everyone knows that I have a rebellious streak. The dating ban that Dasmond imposed on us has always been there and I kept our relationship a secret from Dasmond even after we got together," Xu Bin mused.

It was only after Dasmond told Aloysius and Xu Bin that they were now excluded from the dating ban that he broke the news to him.

There will be three wedding banquets held both in Singapore and China. 

Xu Bin to get married on November 3
Xu Bin to get married on November 3
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Xu Bin to get married on November 3

The couple, who have been together for about three years, first met at a friend's birthday party while Yifei, a graduate of the Beijing Film Academy, was studying business in Singapore. They have mostly been in a long distance relationship. 

Following their banquet in Singapore, they will also be holding dinners in China on January 13 and 28 in Fujian and Wuhan respectively. Xu Bin's hometown is in Fujian, while Yifei is from Wuhan.

The ceremony in Singapore will not be overly traditional, as Xu Bin shared that it will be more of a way to account to his friends in Singapore, and that the ceremonies in China will be more elaborate.

Xu Bin proposed to Yifei at Sentosa, and he specially thanked his label mate Kimberly Chia for helping to decorate the yacht that he borrowed from actor Darren Lim when the decorating company told him at the last minute that they were unable to complete the job.

"I lied to her that I had to go for filming, so I woke up at 4am and reached Sentosa at 5am. We spent the entire time decorating the boat and we blindfolded her and led her to the boat. We sailed out to sea and I proposed to her when we were out there," Xu Bin explained, when Toggle asked about his proposal.

Xu Bin to get married on November 3
Xu Bin to get married on November 3
10 Oct 2017

Xu Bin to get married on November 3

Aloysius shared, "I've never asked too much about Xu Bin's personal life. I met his fiancé before but at the time, I didn't ask too much. If I asked and he told me about it, I would feel a bit torn because I wouldn't be able to tell Dasmond about it, either."

He continued, "There was once we were looking at the night sky on the verdana when we were in Thailand, and Xu Bin suddenly said that he will be proposing to her. I told him that if I can see him get married one day, it'll be the same sort of feeling that I had when I saw him win an award for the first time."

As for whether or not he is worried that news of his wedding will affect his popularity, Xu Bin shared, "I think in the 80's or 90's, actors would be more worried because fans might not be able to accept such news. Of late a lot of artistes have received blessings and well wishes when they go public so I think it’d be no different for me."

"I don't think I did well with my proposal - I said whatever came to mind and I paused a lot in between. I almost even dropped the ring into the sea!" he chuckled. Despite this, his sincerity moved her enough that Yifei shed tears while Xu Bin was on bended knee.

He continued that he hopes to have two or three children - having a boy and a girl would be ideal - in the future. He does not have any concrete plans for when he will have children, but he will instead let nature take its course.

Xu Bin to get married on November 3
Xu Bin to get married on November 3
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Xu Bin to get married on November 3

"At the beginning, I was attracted to her because she was beautiful. As time went by, I realised that she's a very outstanding person and is of wife material. She might give you a cold feeling when you first get to know her, but she's easy to get along with once you know her better," Xu Bin gushed.

When Zijie quipped that Yifei sounded like a female version of Aloysius, Xu Bin countered, "I don't think she's as naggy as he is, though!"

They got together after Xu Bin sought acting tips from her, and gradually, over time, their relationship blossomed. "She's watched my acting projects and she said that I'm really bad in them," he laughed.

As for how they went on dates in Singapore, Xu Bin shared that it wasn't a problem as long as they didn't hold hands or engage in any intimate behaviour while they were out in public.

After their wedding, the couple will likely remain in China for the Lunar New Year. There are also plans for a honeymoon, and the destination, according to Xu Bin, would ideally be either the Maldives or Europe. 

He explained, "Although we did the pre-wedding photoshoot in the Maldives, production only gave me three days of leave since I couldn't tell them what I was there for. If we get to go back again, I really hope to explore it properly."

Click on to read our interview with the groom-to-be!

Photos: Z Wedding

Xu Bin
Xu Bin
10 Oct 2017

Xu Bin

In our interview after the press conference, Xu Bin shared that the day he brought Yifei home to meet his folks was the day they said he should marry her (they had been dating for over a year at that point). “Parents are like that, always pestering their kids – especially if they’re at a certain age – to get married,” he said.

But Xu Bin’s parents went beyond just waiting for good news. They were actually so well-prepped for the occasion that when their son finally informed them of his engagement, they told him, “That’s good, you’d better hurry up, we’ve already made all the necessary arrangements.”

Soon, their plans were put into motion, with the groom-to-be not needing to worry about anything.

Well, almost.

“I keep wondering to myself if I’m fully prepared for my wedding, because sometimes you think you’ve gotten everything under control, and other times you feel like you’re missing something,” he mused.

When asked how much is being spent on his big day(s), Xu Bin declined to reveal the amount, explaining that “it’s really difficult to calculate” because there are three ceremonies and his parents are the ones taking care of most of the finances. He also kept mum on the price of his elaborate proposal, claiming that he didn’t even try doing the math.

Xu Bin then shared that the meeting with his future in-laws happened a little before his fiancée met his family, but he insists that the visit was not deliberately planned. When asked what Yifei’s parents think of him, Xu Bin said with a laugh, “That’s something you’d have to ask them! But I personally feel that I’m someone that elders are fond of, so I think they probably like me.”

It was the encounter between his parents and her parents that was the most awkward (and also highly amusing to Xu Bin). “I could tell that they were very uncomfortable and didn’t know what to say,” he grinned. “It made me think about how I might be like when meeting my future kids’ partners; being a parent is really not easy!”

Continued on next slide: Will Xu Bin slow down in his career after marriage?

Xu Bin and Dasmond Koh
Xu Bin and Dasmond Koh
10 Oct 2017

Xu Bin and Dasmond Koh

While Xu Bin had no trouble sharing what it is he likes about his future wife, he admitted that he has not asked Yifei what it is she likes about him.

“I’d like to think she likes the whole package as well,” he chuckled. “But she’ll usually praise me if I do something that she particularly likes, but on the other hand, she won’t hesitate to tell me what she doesn’t like about me as well.”

One example of such a pet peeve is when he makes a big fuss about small matters. “For instance, I can be very calculative when buying things and insist on checking if I got the right amount of change,” he said, admitting that this habit annoys Yifei. At the end of the day, however, they complement and complete each other, a fact that Xu Bin acknowledged with utmost confidence. Awww…

At the moment, Xu Bin shared that after filming for his new drama Doppelganger wraps later this week, he has no more acting projects on his plate. In fact, he intends to take a four- to five-month break to make time for his wedding preparations, spend Chinese New Year with his family and in-laws, and go on his honeymoon. But don’t worry: he assured us that he will be back on screens eventually.

But what if his future wife, for some reason, asks him to step down from his showbiz career?

“She’s been very understanding from the start – she even told me that she hopes I will do well in my career and that she doesn’t want to be a burden to me; I was very touched by her words,” he said, seemingly brushing off the possibility of such a request from her.

“But now that I’m getting married, I’m aware that my time is no longer just my own, but hers and our future children’s, so I may eventually have to make compromises, especially since she’s sacrificed so much for me as well.”

As for whether he intends to settle down in Singapore or China, Xu Bin said he sees them shuttling between both countries every few months – at least until little ones come into the picture. After that, he will make a decision based on the various circumstances and situations.

Congratulations, Xu Bin! Click on for more snaps from Xu Bin and Yifei's pre-wedding photoshoot, as well as the NoonTalk Media press conference.

Aloysius Pang and Dasmond Koh
Aloysius Pang and Dasmond Koh
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Aloysius Pang and Dasmond Koh

Aloysius said "a lot of images come to mind" when he talks about Xu Bin getting married, "[I think of] our auditions together, and how we went from friend to brother to family; I wish them everlasting happiness, and I don't mind becoming an uncle in a year!"

Zong Zijie and Kimberly Chia
Zong Zijie and Kimberly Chia
10 Oct 2017

Zong Zijie and Kimberly Chia

While Kimberly helped out with Xu Bin's proposal, Zijie was in the Maldives with Xu Bin and Yifei to help out with the wedding photo and video shoot, and gushed about the couple's sweet interactions on set.

"I wish them everlasting happiness and may they work hard on having a kid of their own!" urged Zijie, while Kimberly urged Xu Bin, "Yifei is a very good girl so be nice to her!"

Damien Teo and Timothee Yap
Damien Teo and Timothee Yap
10 Oct 2017

Damien Teo and Timothee Yap

"I'm just very happy that you found the woman you love," said Timothee to Xu Bin. "And I really respect your wife for what she went through to be with you; hiding behind the scenes is not easy."

Xu Bin to get married on November 3
Xu Bin to get married on November 3
10 Oct 2017

Xu Bin to get married on November 3

Xu Bin to get married on November 3
Xu Bin to get married on November 3
10 Oct 2017

Xu Bin to get married on November 3

Xu Bin to get married on November 3
Xu Bin to get married on November 3
10 Oct 2017

Xu Bin to get married on November 3

Xu Bin to get married on November 3
Xu Bin to get married on November 3
10 Oct 2017

Xu Bin to get married on November 3

Xu Bin to get married on November 3
Xu Bin to get married on November 3
10 Oct 2017

Xu Bin to get married on November 3

Xu Bin to get married on November 3
Xu Bin to get married on November 3
10 Oct 2017

Xu Bin to get married on November 3

Xu Bin to get married on November 3
Xu Bin to get married on November 3
10 Oct 2017

Xu Bin to get married on November 3

Xu Bin to get married on November 3
Xu Bin to get married on November 3
10 Oct 2017

Xu Bin to get married on November 3

Xu Bin to get married on November 3
Xu Bin to get married on November 3
10 Oct 2017

Xu Bin to get married on November 3

Xu Bin to get married on November 3
Xu Bin to get married on November 3
10 Oct 2017

Xu Bin to get married on November 3

Xu Bin to get married on November 3
Xu Bin to get married on November 3
10 Oct 2017

Xu Bin to get married on November 3

Xu Bin to get married on November 3
Xu Bin to get married on November 3
10 Oct 2017

Xu Bin to get married on November 3

Xu Bin to get married on November 3
Xu Bin to get married on November 3
10 Oct 2017

Xu Bin to get married on November 3

Boss Dasmond Koh and his NoonTalk artistes
Boss Dasmond Koh and his NoonTalk artistes
10 Oct 2017

Boss Dasmond Koh and his NoonTalk artistes

Clockwise from left: Timothy Chan, Timothee Yap, Zong Zijie, Xie Le, Lin Xi, Damien Teo, Kimberly Chia, Xu Bin, Aloysius Pang, Dasmond Koh

Aloysius Pang, Dasmond Koh and Xu Bin
Aloysius Pang, Dasmond Koh and Xu Bin
10 Oct 2017

Aloysius Pang, Dasmond Koh and Xu Bin

Dasmond Koh and Xu Bin speak as a slideshow of Xu Bin's wedding photos is played behind
Dasmond Koh and Xu Bin speak as a slideshow of Xu Bin's wedding photos is played behind
10 Oct 2017

Dasmond Koh and Xu Bin speak as a slideshow of Xu Bin's wedding photos is played behind

Dasmond Koh and Xu Bin
Dasmond Koh and Xu Bin
10 Oct 2017

Dasmond Koh and Xu Bin

Dasmond Koh gave Xu Bin two gifts at the press conference, including a necklace

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How did Xu Bin propose to his fiancée?

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